A new CBS News Poll – conducted by the polling firm Social Science Research Solutions – has found that a majority of Americans support the legalization of recreational cannabis. This marks the first time a CBS News Poll has found majority support for the issue.
According to the poll, 51% of Americans support legalization, with 44% in opposition. In April, the last time a CBS News Poll posed the question of cannabis legalization, 45% were in support, marking a 6% increase in roughly 9 months.
In addition to strong support for recreational cannabis legalization, the poll found overwhelming support for medical cannabis legalization, with 86% in favor of allowing physicians to prescribe cannabis for medical purposes.
Here are a few notes about the poll from CBS.
Support for legalizing marijuana use has grown among Americans under 44, and now most Americans 45 to 64 think marijuana should be legal (55 percent; in April this age group was divided). The only age group that still opposes legalizing marijuana use is seniors 65 and older.
Support has increased among both men and women, but there remains a gender gap. Most men (57 percent) think marijuana use should be made legal, while fewer women (46 percent) think so.
Most Democrats (59 percent), independents (54 percent), liberals (72 percent), and moderates (54 percent), support legalizing marijuana use.
However, most Republicans (61 percent) and conservatives (61 percent) oppose legalizing marijuana, though support has risen among these groups as well.
Support for legalizing marijuana use has risen six points among Americans earning under $100K a year (50 percent now vs. 44 percent), and 12 points among those earning $100K or more (64 percent now vs. 52 percent).
This poll certainly isn’t the first to find that a majority of Americans support cannabis legalization, but it demonstrates that support isn’t waning, and is actually growing rapidly.
New National Poll: Majority Supports Recreational Cannabis Legalization, 86% Support Medical Cannabis